Kremmling fears it may not receive funding to fix leaking water lines
April 9, 2009
Kremmling officials are looking at all available sources of funding, including federal stimulus money, to fix the town’s deteriorating water system.
Mayor Tom Clark and Town Manager Ted Soltis recently presented a grant application to the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) for $1.5 million of the $2 million project. The town would fund the other $500,000.
Now they’re keeping their fingers crossed, as they were informed the agency has fielded requests in excess of $50 million with only slightly more than $20 million available.
Soltis said the state agency is scheduled to make a decision in mid-June. In the meantime, the town is spending about $130,000 on engineering and other expenses so that, if the money comes through, work can begin immediately.
“Ideally, this year we’re going to do about 10,000 feet of line,” he said. Next year, the town would like to replace the remaining 10,000 feet of line.
“Of course, both those projects are contingent on funding,” Soltis said.
Last year, the town replaced much of the main water transmission line from the treatment plant to town, plus about 300 feet of the worst distribution lines, which cut losses from about 67 percent of the town’s treated water to about 50 percent, Soltis said.
Those projects were funded in part with a $478,500 DOLA grant.
Soltis told town board members on Monday that he is in the process of applying for $2 million in federal stimulus money to fund the project. That request, however, faces long odds.
He noted that only about $32 million is available in Colorado for such projects, that Kremmling’s water line project is behind about $90 million worth of other requests, and that some $335 million in requests have been made in the state.
“I think the chances of us getting (that) money are extremely slim,” he told board members. In addition, the money would not be available until November, he said, which is too late to start the water line project.
But, he said in a telephone interview Wednesday, “I’m not giving up; I’m sticking with it,” as he prepared to meet one of multiple deadlines the application process entails.
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